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In many ways, Mountain Line embodies and promotes everything we love about Missoula. Missoula is a community that cares about the environment, provides for its elderly and supports its student population and so does Mountain Line. And by passing the mill levy increase this November, Missoulians will show that they continue to care about the quality of life in this city.

Not surprisingly, bus travel cuts down on air pollution in addition to traffic. The mill levy will help Mountain Line run more buses on the busiest routes, which will further cut down on traffic and keep the city’s air as clean as possible. Furthermore, in a direct attempt to improve our air quality, Mountain Line provides free rides on poor air quality days. In particularly bad fire years, everyone can appreciate the value of this program, and the mill levy will help Mountain Line continue to provide this amenity.

The mill levy will also provide curb-to-curb service for seniors and other people with disabilities. The rides are affordable and help disabled veterans, among others, live independent lives. The demand on this service increased 18 percent in 2012, and the mill levy will allow Mountain Line to meet this growing demand.

It is difficult to argue with the obvious benefits that the passage of the mill levy will bring to Missoula, but at what price you ask? For many Missoula homeowners, the mill levy will cost no more than $38 a year – or about $3 a month. What a bargain! This should be a no-brainer. The city has not increased the mill levy for Mountain Line since 1976, so the request is long overdue. Vote yes in November on the mill levy to help keep Missoula a great place to call home.

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Michael Dax, Missoula

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